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  1. I paid $700 to get my documents legalized to get married in Cuba (required as they aren't party to Hague Apostille treaty and that doesn't include translation services and couriers for the embassy in DC) and then $625 for the marriage certificate (that is the actual gov't rate. Doesn't include anything extra like getting married somewhere outside of the notary's office). It really is that expensive. I had a large wedding in Cuba, and 20-25% of the cost was just the paperwork.
  2. With the Cuban Adjustment Act, because she entered legally (that's the part changed after Obama repealed wet foot dry foot), she can adjust on her own after being in the US for a year and a day. So it's a gamble.
  3. I recommend you talk to the people in this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/539081396519825/ My husband had his interview in Colombia, so I can't help.
  4. My husband has a daughter back in Cuba. His ex-wife was already remarried and living with the daughter and the daughter's new little brother a few hours away though, so it honestly hasn't changed how often he sees her in practice (transportation is difficult in Cuba). I know he misses her terribly, but he knew she was already in a stable place and well taken care of (and that his ex would never give consent for her to leave). He goes back every 3 months or so to visit and calls her a few times a week. Once she's 18, she can make the decision if she'd like to come here and one of us will sponsor her.
  5. They can't any more. That was the whole wet foot/dry foot thing that Obama got rid of a few days before he left office. Now, they are treated like anybody else.
  6. I second this. I did just that and finally amended the past 2 years in Feb. Super easy to do the amendment in Turbo Tax and I've already received the refund checks for the state returns. Just waiting on the federal ones now.
  7. Thanks And I can't blame you with just wanting it to be done at that point. I'm really not looking forward to ROC given how long it's taking nowadays and the fact that we will likely have an interview (assuming all criteria in that memorandum they sent out hold true. We were CR1, so no interview by USICS).
  8. I'm probably going to do the same. California does require the notary for a Living Will and POA, so I will have to pay for that piece. Legal Zoom is $99-149 for all of that v. about $20 if I just get it notarized.
  9. I did look at LegalZoom. There are a lot of sites where you can get free templates for all of the above and then just get them notarized on your own. Did you feel like LegalZoom offered something extra that made it worth the cost?
  10. I'm trying to be proactive with evidence for ROC, and we are going to put together a Last Will & Testament. The state of California does not require a will to be notarized. Will USICS be fine with that (since it is state law where we live) or should I get it notarized?
  11. All of your other posts indicate you are getting married in Cuba, so you would apply for a spousal visa not a fiancé visa. The form for that is I-130. And yes, your fiancé (by then spouse) has to go to Guyana for the interview.
  12. You need to have the documents themselves translated as well. It is a requirement. The notaria made sure I had that when we applied for our marriage license in 2016.
  13. I recommend you ask in this Facebook group for Cuban visas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/539081396519825/ I paid a company in Toronto to do all of my paperwork for me, so unfortunately, I can’t help you.
  14. I don't have personal experience with this, but the Cubans won't care (Mexican passport holders are visa free). As for the airline on the way back, there are so many Cuban American green card holders that visit, I would be very surprised if the check in people weren't familiar with the extension letter.
  15. I went through this with my husband when Havana stopped processing visas. It sucks but you need to wait it out until they designate a new embassy. It was roughly 30 days after they stopped processing in Havana that they announced things would move to Bogotá (interviews were there for 4 months before they moved them to Guyana). They gave precedence to people who already had appointments when they stopped processing, so your wait won't be too much longer once they designate a new one. Keep checking the embassy website. They made a FAQ page on the Havana website that they kept updating with all of the relevant info.
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